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July 1, 2013
News and Notes

Charles (Dan) D. Bailey, Jr., of the Williams Parker law firm in Sarasota moderated a Tiger Bay program focusing on the “Future of Print Media.”

Samuel S. Goren of Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol in Ft. Lauderdale served as a panelist for the “Is Privatization of Legal Services a Better Model for Local Governments?” session at the 36th Annual Local Government Law in Florida Conference in St. Augustine.

Gwynne A. Young of Carlton Fields in Tampa received the Achievement Award from the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers.

Eduardo Palmer of Eduardo Palmer, P.A., in Coral Gables led the effort on behalf of the International Law Section to pass the Glitch Fix Bill, SB 186/HB 775, in the Florida Legislature. The bill amends and corrects language in several Florida statutes related to the practice of international law.

Chip Birthisel and Mike Bradford of Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel in Tampa presented “Avoiding and Defending Bad Faith Claims” at the Crawford & Co. Catastrophic Claims Conference in Tampa.

Amir A. Isaiah of Kaufman, Rossin & Co. in Miami has been certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a circuit court mediator.

Lindsey Wagner of Cathleen Scott & Associates in Jupiter was named Labor and Employment Law Committee vice chair of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division.

Garry W. O’Donnell of Buckingham Doolittle and Burroughs in Boca Raton discussed “Intellectual Property Trends and Developments in the International Entertainment Industry” at the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries.

Cynthia Rignanese has been named the inaugural Woman of the Year by Females Advancing Business, a women’s networking organization. Additionally, she has been elected president of FAB to serve a 16-month term during 2013-14.

Rodney Romano of Matrix Mediation in West Palm Beach published “How Mediators Can Help Instill Civility and Professionalism” in the May/June issue of American Inns of Court Bencher.

Regine Monestime, city attorney of North Miami, moderated a panel titled: “Is Privatization of Legal Services a Better Model for Local Governments?” at the 36th Annual Local Government Law in Florida Seminar.

Steve Jaffe of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman in Ft. Lauderdale presented “Long-term Care Insurance — How to Get the Maximum Out of LTC Insurance Policies, Problems and Issues.” at the Broward County Guardianship Association’s Education Day in Deerfield.

Stacy Schwartz of Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale has become a Supreme Court certified circuit court mediator.

Robert J. Watson of Robert J. Watson, PA, in Stuart was the keynote speaker at the Freedom Fund Awards Dinner for the NAACP. Watson spoke on “Rights of Privacy and Constitutional Law.”

Robin Bresky of The Law Offices of Robin Bresky in Boca Raton presented “Court Process in Appellate Mediation” and “Mediation Process and Techniques in Appellate Mediation” at the Mediation Training Group, Inc.’s Appellate Mediation Certification Program in Ft. Lauderdale.

Sidney F. Ansabcher of GrayRobinson in Jacksonville was appointed chair designee of the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Constitutional Law Committee.

Carol L. Myers of Williams Parker in Sarasota moderated and presented on a speaker’s panel at an ABA Section of Taxation Subcommittee Meeting in Washington, D.C., on “Proposed Legislation and Policy for Multiple Employer Retirement Plans and Professional Employer Organizations.”

John V. Tucker of Tucker & Ludin in Clearwater published an article titled “Social Security Disability: How to Prove a Fibromyalgia Disability Claim” in the May 2013 edition of the St. Petersburg Bar Magazine.

Joel Brown of Freidin Dobrinsky Brown & Rosenblum in Miami was presented with the Justice to Access Award by Dade Legal Aid for his pro bono commitment.

Michael P. Spellman and Jeffrey D. Slanker of Sniffen & Spellman in Tallahassee co-wrote an article titled, “Social Media, At-will Employment, and Internal Investigations: The Ever-expanding Reach of the National Labor Relations Board to Union and Non-union Workplaces,” featured in the Trial Advocate Quarterly (Volume 32, Number 2), a publication of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association.

Chanel A. Mosley of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Orlando was re-elected to the Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors.

Brad Gould of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer in Ft. Pierce served as the moderator for the “Current Developments Program” given by the S Corporation Committee of the Section of Taxation of the ABA in Washington, D.C.

Juliet Murphy Roulhac of Florida Power & Light Company was recognized by the Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association as a “distinguished honoree” at its annual gala.

J. Jeffrey Rice of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz in Ft. Myers spoke at the Hillmyer-Tremont Student Athlete Foundation scholarship presentation at Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club in Ft. Myers.

Richard H. Vura, Jr., of Weston has been certified as an ombudsman in Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

Stuart J. Weissman of Ratzan Law Group in Miami was elected to the board of directors of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.

A. Courtney Cox of WellCare Health Plans in Tampa co-chaired and presented “Preparing Offensive and Defensive Litigation Strategies in Response to Creative New Theories Tested by Providers” at ACI’s Third Annual Advanced Forum on Managed Care Disputes and Litigation Conference in Philadelphia.

Leslie A. Share of Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg in Coral Gables spoke on “Wealth Preservation – Client, Jurisdiction, and Planning Considerations” at The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners 2013 Caribbean Conference in St. Kitts.

Isaac M. Marcushamer of Berger Singerman in Miami was named to the NextGen Committee of the Turnaround Management Association.

Steven B. Lesser of Becker & Poliakoff in Ft. Lauderdale has become chair-elect of the ABA’s Forum on the Construction Industry.

R. Kent Lilly of Lilly, O’Toole & Brown in Lake Wales was presented the 2013 Lakeland Bar Association’s Jerry A. DeVane Award in recognition of “Exemplary Scholarship, Professionalism and Collegiality in the Practice of Law.”

Clark A. D. Wilson of Gardner Groff Greenwald & Villanueva in Atlanta completed a master’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Maryland.

Kyle B. Sill, a law clerk at the First District Court of Appeal, and Robert Jeffrey, of Combs Greene McLester in Jacksonville were published in the North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation. Their article, “Up, Around, Over, and Under: Busting Through the Supposed Privity Barrier of CISG Article 4,” appears at 38 N.C. J. Int’l L. & Com. Reg. 697 (2013).

William S. Kramer of Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to the board of directors of SOS Children’s Villages – Florida.

Gary Woodfield of Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger in West Palm Beach was presented a Pro Bono Civil Litigation Award from the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.
Christopher E. Benjamin of The Barrister Firm in Aventura served as a panelist and discussed “Law Office Management in 21st Century,” during the Cuban American Bar Association and Dade County Bar Association joint program “How to Hang Your Shingle.”

Mayanne Downs of GrayRobinson in Orlando was honored with the Rosemary Barkett Outstanding Achievement Award, the highest award bestowed by the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Jimmy Parrish of BakerHostetler in Orlando discussed the impact of bankruptcy on real estate transactions at a Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys Council meeting.

Ira H. Leesfield of Leesfield & Partners in Miami presented “Cross-Examination of Defendant’s Experts,” at the AAJ Education’s Jazz Fest Seminar: Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury Cases, recently held in New Orleans. He also presented “How to Build a Successful Practice” at the New York State Trial Lawyers Association program, The Success and Growth of the Personal Injury Lawyer, the Person and the Practice, held in New York.

James T. Armstrong of Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson in Orlando presented “Nuts and Bolts of Claims” to the Department of Risk Management at Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office in West Palm Beach. He also discussed “bullying” to judiciary and family law professionals at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse in Miami.

Ed Armstrong of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa moderated the annual legislative breakfast featuring the Pinellas County delegation put on by the Clearwater regional and the St. Petersburg area chambers of commerce.
Hillsborough Circuit Judge Samantha Ward received the annual Robert W. Patton Outstanding Jurist Award from the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

Kimberly Kolback of Miami lectured on “Celebrities, Bands & Brands — Merchandising, Endorsements & Sponsorships” during the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sport Industries held at Miami Beach.

Steven H. Kane of Kane & Koltun in Orlando discussed death, probate, and homestead issues at a Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys Council meeting.

Send News and Notes and On the Move submissions to mkillian@flabar.org.

[Revised: 11-27-2014]